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Elements of the Wedding Ceremony

INVOCATIONS

#1

Invocation

Almighty and ever-blessed God, whose presence is the happiness of every condition, and whose favor hallows every relation: We pray you to be present and favorable to these your servants, that they may be truly joined in the honorable estate of marriage, in the covenant of their God. As you have brought them together by your providence, sanctify them by your Spirit, giving them a new frame of heart fit for their new estate; and enrich them with all grace, whereby they may enjoy the comforts, undergo the cares, endure the trials, and perform the duties of life together as becomes Christians, under your heavenly guidance and protection: through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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#2

Gracious God, you are always faithful in your love for us. Look mercifully upon N. and N., who have come seeking your blessing. Let your Holy Spirit rest upon them so that with steadfast love they may honor the promises they make this day, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

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#3

Creator God, on this day of celebration and excitement, make us aware of your continuing, renewing presence in our lives. Today, re-create us in joy, as this commitment to a new life together takes an honored place in your creation. Guide the steps of N. and N. as your ever-changing blessings unfold before them. Show the way to us who gather here, moving us to share with all around us, your blessings in our lives, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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#4

O God of love and life, we know your wonderful ways have brought us to this place. Today we acknowledge your presence in our lives. At the start of this celebration, we share that there were times when that direction did not seem clear. And yet, we are here to enjoy how our separate paths now have crossed. We share with all who can hear, that from this day forward, your continuing blessings will move with us together on yet another path - a path that is constantly unfolding with beauty and grace. Bless now as we celebrate this happy event. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen

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#5 Outdoor Wedding

Eternal God, we stand here in this location that has been made beautiful by the touch of your creative hand. What a perfect place to celebrate the marriage of N. and N.! This display of your handiwork reminds us that, small as we are next to you, we, too, are a part of your grand design. O Lord, who brought all these visual delights into being, we thank you also for so creating us that we may find delight in one another. Be present with us now as N. and N. celebrate the beginning of their life together before you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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#6 Outdoor Wedding

Creator God, when we stop long enough to notice, we become powerfully aware of your handiwork in this majestic setting. Though the heavens sing your praise, we are not always listening. But we are listening today, O Lord, especially as we come to celebrate the uniting in marriage of N. and N. Bless them as they express in these moments their desire to live in covenant with each other as husband and wife for a lifetime. May the beauty of this place reflect the beauty of the life they now begin to share. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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